Estate sale for Navy WWII NCDU (SEAL) – Guns, Coins, 60 years of collecting

Estate Sales News traveled to southern Maryland to a town named La Plata to report on a living estate sale for William Dawson who served during WWII and was in the Naval Combat Demolution Unit (NCDU) class #001. NCDU was the original WWII designation (snorkels and K-bar knifes their only gear!) It morphed into UDT (underwater demolition teams) and President Kennedy in 1962 reconfigured and renamed them Sea Air Land teams (SEALS). Mr. Dawson is the last surviving member of this first class. Sue Ann Dunford and James Douglas O’Dell wrote a book “More Than Scuttlebutt – The U.S. Navy Domolition Men in WWII” about this class and group.

Mr. Dawson was a Fireman in Washington until his retirement and he collected newer firehouse and fireman related collectible.

There is a wide assortment of items at this sale, but one of the most interesting and involved items of this sale is the rifles, shotgun, hand guns and pistols.  These guns were not used when Mr. Dawson was in the Navy. They were used for hunting and target practice.

We asked Estate Escape to explain their procedure for the sale of these weapons. The rifles and shot gun are affixed to a wall with a tie and a zip tie around the hammer of each weapon to prevent them from being fired to protect the public and staff at the sale. They allow only one person at a time to exam the guns and only allow 4 people in the room with them. This sale also has ammunition for these guns. The ammunition can be sold immediately on site, while the guns may not. In regard to the hand guns following Maryland State Police instructions a buyer must fill out 3 forms to purchase a hand gun at the sale. The hand gun remains with the estate. Estate Escape arranges an appointment with the buyer to meet them at the Maryland State Police post where he or she presents the 3 forms filled out along with a valid drivers license and a carry permit. All of this paperwork is documented and sent to the Federal Firearms and Licensing Board for proper transfer which can take up to 60 days.  The gun does not transfer from Estate Escape until approximately 10 days after the process has been filed. The rifles and shot gun require 1 form to be filled out and can be released a couple of days after the sale and is done by appointment with Estate Escape.

This sale also includes an original document signed by President Calvin Coolidge, Navy memorabilia, a nice collection of silver dollars and other coins, a parachute, knives of various sizes, buckle collection, mid century and vintage furniture, art, vintage clothing, holiday items, lots of tools, costume jewelry, celebrity photo collection, lots of general household and the list goes on. To see the entire sale from Estate Escape on CLICK HERE.